google added new categories of personally identifiable information (PII) that people can request to view their search results. For years, the company offered the option to remove personal information from search results, but requests were only accepted in cases of doxxing or financial fraud. However, the most recent update to Google’s policy now allows people to request a refund of many other types of information.
Google is the world’s largest provider of online search services, with an impressive 8.5 billion searches per day. Google is also the most visited site in the world and has a larger participation in the global search market than competitors like DuckDuckGo, Bing and Yahoo combined. Despite all of its market supremacy, Google has always faced many activists for its privacy practices and has often been overseen by global regulators for its business practices.
According to a blog post, Google will now remove several new categories of information from search results upon request, including personal contact information that may cause privacy concerns and credentials that may represent you. † In Google’s language, personal contact information includes addresses, phone numbers, and email IDs, all of which Google will remove from your search results upon request. The company also removes images from identity documents such as driver cards, social security cards, passports, etc. To request the removal of personal information, users must access this page, pre-register the registration form and submit the application. The user does not need to be signed in to a Google account to access the form or submit the request, and the contact email address does not have to be Gmail.
After the request is sent, Google will send you an automatic confirmation email and manually analyze the request before deciding on a future action. Assuming that a decision has been made, the complainant will be notified by e-mail about the measures taken. In the event that the request is denied, Google says it will provide a brief explanation of the request. Prior to the final step, Google removed tiny photos, U.S. social security numbers, bank account numbers, credit card numbers, signature photos, medical records, and much more. Além disso, the company also removes “Explicit personal images or intrigue without mutual consent” and deepfakes or Photoshops of an explicit nature.
It’s worth noting that removing information from Google’s search results does not remove information from the web. The information you see in Google search results is generally located on third-party sites, while people who visit this site or web page directly cannot access the content. Likewise, Google’s new policy is very different from EU exemption regulations, which require search mechanisms to exclude any result for which a user requests compensation, even if it’s just because the information is inconvenient or misleading. Google’s new policy is limited to confidential information, meaning it doesn’t violate anyone’s privacy. google it will not delete its search results.
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